It’s been a while since we’ve had an Intern Perspectives post! We welcome Gabriella Sarraf, currently studying at the Corcoran, as our fall intern. The following is her response to Mike Hagan’s solo exhibition, Doodle Digit Dot. Enjoy!
Amid the diverse contemporary artwork in the Washington Printmakers Gallery, I felt magnetism to Michael Hagan’s silkscreen prints displayed in the Doodle Digital Dot exhibit. Hagan’s work is undeniable to the common passerby. This is mainly because of his vibrant use of color that is so visually stimulating. The energy of his work is lively and fresh. Hagan illustrates simple subject in a grand way with his use of lines, dots, and composition. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to hear him speak of his work at his recent opening. The artist expressed such passion in the way he described his art and process. Hearing this I was able to gain an even greater respect for his pieces.
My particular favorite was his piece titled “Damsel Devolving” a black and white screen-print. This piece is similar to Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” with its array of nude woman; some have had their face distorted into Picasso’s African masks. I am particularly drawn to this print because of its composition. The subjects compliment each other with their different positions and their fluid sense of being. Michael Hagan’s art worked well together in this Doodle Digital Dot Exhibition.
He created his own language throughout the unity of his prints. The essence of his work translates his ideas, and addresses contemporary ideals as he manages to ground the traditions of his style and form.